Why I would never have got a job in Victorian England!

The Times Digital Archive 1785-2008 is the full digital version of the oldest daily newspaper in continuous publication! I have to confess though the joy of this electronic resource for me does not lie in its more recent editions - I ended up absorbed in the job vacancy section of Victorian England!

I am not sure I am of "undeniable character"? Certainly the language my mother uses during heavy traffic would prevent me from saying that I am even from a "respectable  family".

I am also short on the required skills - needlepoint, French, a dab hand at "preserves and jams". I am not sure I know about "children management" nor the management of "house and table". I think I could make it as a "clerk" but  I seem to be missing the appropriate body parts as they all seek "young men" - I don't think at this point that was open to debate either. The language and belief systems make me want to seek out a Bronte novel and give a collective hug to the feminist movement all at the same time.

Family historians foam at the mouth when they come across this electronic resource, but this is not just for those seeking an elusive death notice, it for anyone with idle hands and a curious mind.

This full text archive spans from Doctor Livingstone’s reports on the exploration and discovery of Africa up until the fall of the World Trade Towers and the execution of Saddam Hussein. Do explore this resource – it really is a goldmine of all things interesting!

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